The government is proposing a major package of regulatory changes, public funding and new legislation to bring full fibre connectivity to the entire of the UK by 2023.
At present, just four per cent of the UK is connected to fibre to the premise (FTTP) technology which can deliver gigabit speeds.
Unless the situation improves, the government argues, the UK risks falling behind its rivals in terms of connectivity, especially with the imminent arrival of 5G mobile networks.
It says that without any changes, full fibre networks would only reach three quarters of the UK “at best” and take more than 20 years to roll out.
“This radical new blueprint for the future of telecommunications in this country will increase competition and investment in full fibre broadband, create more commercial opportunities and make it easier and cheaper to roll out infrastructure for 5G.”
The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) is pitched as a long-term strategy for the sector and includes several recommendations.